ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: While the final details are not yet known, PSEA has learned that the proposal being considered by the committee would permit the state to cancel current collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, it would make it easier for districts to close school buildings or convert them into charter schools. The plan also encourages and promotes sub-contracting and privatization. Worse, it guarantees no additional basic education funds to financially distressed districts. Initially, the plan only will affect four school districts. However, given the current overall state and local education funding situation in Pennsylvania, many more districts are at risk of falling under the provisions of the plan likely to be inserted into House Bill 1307.
Please reach out to your state Senators, read the script below, and ask them to oppose this misguided overreach.
PHONE SCRIPT FOR MEMBERS TO USE WHEN CONTACTING THEIR SENATORS:
Hello, can I speak with Senator ______________?
My name is ____________ and I am a ___________ in the ________________ school district.
I’m calling to ask that you oppose the financially distressed legislation under consideration in the Education Committee.
Struggling schools need help, but placing districts under state control, and then allowing for-profit companies to manage districts, open unaccountable charter schools and negate current contracts is neither a workable solution and is possibly unconstitutional.
Please oppose the financially distressed legislation being considered by the Education Committee. Thank you.